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Monday, 10 August 2009


Ah! You can't beat getting back to your own home after being away for a week!!
We had a long journey.... love travelling with small boys (no really!) they get so excited about crossing over a very big bridge!!
and after a hideous overnight stay in a hotel in Dover (nothing wrong with the hotel that air con couldn't fix...but small boys didn't want to sleep as we were in the same room !!)....we got on a big boat.....
And sailed to France.
manky looking Boulogne taken from the boat

We have just returned from a week in Normandy .
It was very lovely. The weather got MUCH better!!!!
We stayed here. And it was lovlier than the pictures on the website. A really pretty old stone cottage, with lots of low beams (my 6ft2 husband didn't find the beams as lovely as I did!!!). It was a comfortable home from home, with lovely touches from the owner (who lives next door), like a welcome basket of goodies for our arrival including chilled wine!! The baby had been well catered for too, a cosy cot and a baby bath (showers only in the accomodation) with baby toiletries. And I really appreciated the lovely toybox left in the lounge for the boys, as did the small boys!!
(its the little things that make a stay I think!!)
The cottage was in the middle of nowhere, but easily accessible - the silence was heavenly. Its not especially noisy where I live but I couldn't sleep the first night home because of the traffic noise!!
The owners have 2 boys of their own and aswell as the pool, they have put a big trampoline and undercover table tennis for the properties to use.

We did have a lovely break but it was a stressful week to be honest, purely because of the ages of my boys - 14, 11, 4 and 20 months - its a bit too varied to successfully have days out etc that suit everyone!!
We holidayed with my parents too, for the 4th year running, and considering other people adds to the stress a teeny bit!! Although mums presence was appreciated on Friday when lovely husband and I got 2 hours to ourselves to lunch in a nearby town :)

We did manage some days out, including the d-day landing beaches, which deserve a post all of their own, and a couple of trips to a lovely park with a lake and a great walk, but we have made the decision not to take a full week holiday next year, so all being well we will do Legoland as a full 6 for the weekend, then we will take the boys away seperately, a long weekend with big boys doing big boys things, same for the little boys and if we are really lucky, another for mummy and daddy with no boys at all!!!

(taken from Domfront Castle)
Thank you all for the lovely comments on the posts I scheduled whilst away. I plan to work this week on getting my blogshop sorted aswell as finishing my sleepover swap :)


Anonymous said...

OH and I had a lovely little holiday in Normandy a few years ago. It is a place that we always used to rush through on the way to somewhere else.

Did you manage to visit Pegasus Bridge and the great museum there, I wonder?

Good to know about that gite ...

It's good to have you back Dolly D! xxx

MelMel said...

I love France....
Glad you had a lovely time.....:>))


MelMel said...

P.S..I satyed in a place called Fe Camp, when I was 11....Ihad a super time1

clare's craftroom said...

It sounds like a lovely holiday !

jo said...

Glad you all enjoyed the holiday, now it's back to plenty sewing for you to stock that wonderful shop of yours!

Jo xx

Kirsty said...

sounds lovely - looking forward to hearing about the DDay beaches as we really want to go and visit them.

Shall go and look at the link to the cottage now :)

Elaine said...

Looks like a beautiful place Claire, so pleased you enjoyed it, but glad to have you back too!!!

Love and blessings

bex said...

the cottage sounds lovely!!

LissyLou said...

Glad you've had a nice time x

Floss said...

It looks like a great holiday! I've actually hardly been to Normandy myself, but we'll be heading up to Brittany soon, as you probably noticed...

Thanks for your comment on my 'uses for T-shirts' - I'd love to see the bird you made!

MelMel said...

Hope you having a good evening!?

I'm sat blogging and not cooking the dinner....Olly is scowling at me!

Thank you for the comment...I think she mixes(cK)well with real vintage/retro....must check out the picture of your plates, bet they look lovely......:>))

Sarah said...

I know just how you feel. Holidays just aren't what they used to be are they?!! We have given up for the last three years since having no. 4, as it's just too hard. It's certainly no holiday for Mum! At least the house you had was geared up for you all. That is always important.

Felicity said...

it looks like you had a lovely time! fliss xx